Food, Shopping

foodie friday: brooklyn slate company

I have been waiting a pretty long time (read: a month) to regale the blog-world with my love of the Brooklyn Slate Company (instead of just little snippets). Also read: I had to wait that whole long month because well, you can’t talk about how great something is when you family reads the blog and you bought a cheeseboard form BSC for your aunt for Christmas.

Long and complicated I know.

I know it seems kinda nuts to be this excited about a thin slab of slate, but just imagine the endless possibilities in the land of “making one’s food pretty on the table for guests”…or we could just call it plating.

And it comes in a great burlap bag, which, is pretty great for storage.

Really, is there anything that doesn’t look awesome plated on a piece of slate. These Brooklyn Slate folks are on to something.

To purchase your very own visit:

Oh, and all the fun stuff:
Photos care of the BSC website
I am not affiliated with BSC nor do they even know who I am (but in case they were wondering, I am a girl that really really loves their product but can’t decided what to buy first. But I’m leaning toward the slate placemats)

Life, Shopping

recap: day four in california

Day four went something like this…..”Josh, pleeeease take me to Venice.” Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but I whined, because, well there was a cake stand calling me. But it was in Venice.

Meet Bountiful. (I found the store care of a 100 Layer Cake pop up sale/blog post and need to visit them in person).


There isn’t any official signage. But there is a telltale sign to know that you have found the right place. About a million and one cake stands stacked in the window. Josh was a bit nervous to walk in, heck, I was a bit nervous to walk around. One false move and a tower would fall on top of you and I’m pretty confident you wouldn’t be found for days.





There are more than cake stands. Actually there was a $9200 set of chairs, but I wasn’t there for those. Though a super cute vase, that may have jumped into my hands, or something like that.










A wonderful trip to the hipster beachy area. I may be the proud owner of a few more things then I walked in with. Oops.

Life, Photography

recap: day one in california

The Getty Center.


I am going to admit this now, in my 26 years (18 in CA), I had never been to the Getty Center. Actually, I had never been to the Walk of Fame until right before I left for college. So sad, but true.

However, day one of vacation changed that. In honor of Mother Porter’s birthday, we loaded up into two cars, with two DSLRs and countless iPhone cameras and went to the Getty Center.


The first 20 minutes was spent talking photos of each other, no comment. And then the next 30 minutes was spent taking photos of the gardens, let me just say the iPhone users with their Hipstamatic app…no comment. But eventually we made it inside.




All in all, it was awesome. Great photo exhibits. Awesome architecture. Beautiful views of Los Angeles. Love.








Oh, and my uncle’s favorite piece. No comment.


Parties, Wedding

wedding wednesday: pinterest love.

My love for pinterest is pretty vast. The more I use it, the more I love it.


I am also a super advocate of it for anyone planning a party, a wedding, a dinner, a craft party…oh yeah, I can keep going with that list. Case in point, today I split up on of my many boards into the “dessert table — party food” board. An entire board devoted to dessert tables.

If you haven’t gotten into it yet, you can find pinterest at


party countdown: 3 days.

Mother Porter’s birthday party is in three days and a few hours, so I am currently on the “what have I forgotten, did I get enough food, oh my gosh I’m missing something” bandwagon.

So why not add this to the many moments. Can I recreate this table in 3 days?

I mean, that isn’t asking a lot, right? right?

Okay maybe a little. But if you want to feel inspired by an awesome styled shoot organized by Wednesday (I want them to do the Throwing.Cake branding), may I recommend you check out the entire shoot.

You can find the full shoot online at
Photo courtesy of the Somewhere Splendid blog




I am admitting up front that I am poaching text from the awesome people at the What If! Conference. But today the following came across my inbox and made me stop and ponder, so on this Thursday that feels like a Friday, I thought I would share.

There are so many deserving artist-preneurs, struggling to make their art into a thriving business. Too many unique voices are lost in the dreary day-to-day of making a living. Too many fade into sad obscurity, leaving the gift of their vision hidden from the world.

Even more artist-preneurs are living in fear – the fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of stepping outside what is comfortable and into a risk. Too many have dreams + ideas and are afraid to give them voice, afraid to make a mistake.

And yet you know, as an artist-preneur yourself, how important risk is. You know how success comes with chance taking, and how creativity grows with a healthy mix of fear and dreaming.

You have dreamed.
You have risked.
You have failed.
You have soared.

To my artist-preneurs friends (and to my artist-preneur friends posing as non-artsy people…which is all the rest of you), 2012 is going to be our time to soar.

I can see it all now. Let’s do this.